Southern California Rising Star 2013

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Adam R. Fox

Partner

Adam Fox has a national practice litigating complex, high-profile, high-stakes controversies. He has tried a variety of cases to verdict and argued numerous appeals addressing a wide range of subject matters, including commercial disputes, environmental, toxic tort and product defect claims, and criminal matters. He chairs the Squire Sanders Litigation Practice Group in Los Angeles and also maintains an office in New York.

Before joining Squire Sanders, Adam served as a judicial clerk for the late Honorable Robert B. Krupansky of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and he continues to weave legal scholarship into his practice. Adam has written several law review articles and other publications. He has also lectured, presented papers or served on speaking panels at the University of Colorado Law School, George Mason University School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law and the University of California at Los Angeles. He has been a speaker at several conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.

A graduate of the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program, Adam serves as chair of the Los Angeles branch of the National Campaign to Stop Violence and coordinates office pro bono activities. Adam has been recommended in The Legal 500 US in automotive and transport product liability defense. He has also been repeatedly identified by Benchmark: Litigation as a “future star” and by Thomson Reuters as a Southern California Rising Star.

Representative Experience

  • Currently serving as co-lead counsel for America’s sugar cane growers, sugar beet farmers and refiners of natural sugar in a federal false advertising lawsuit against Archer-Daniels Midland, Cargill, other processors of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and their trade group, the Corn Refiners Association, for falsely advertising that the various formulations of HFCS are “natural,” that “your body can’t tell the difference” between HFCS and sugar, and that HFCS is “corn sugar.”
  • Obtaining as lead counsel summary judgment for the named defendant in a complex, multiparty environmental case involving the alleged contamination of soil and groundwater with numerous solvents and perchlorate at numerous industrial sites.
  • Securing as lead trial counsel a jury verdict for a commercial plaintiff and counterclaim defendant in an international contract dispute regarding the importation of goods subjected to antidumping tariffs.
  • Resolving by amicable settlement a nationally publicized Lanham Act false advertising case on behalf of an industry trade association and several of its members against a key competitor following the successful pre-trial challenge of one of the defendant’s experts addressing damages.
  • Obtaining as lead trial counsel a defense jury verdict for a major seat belt manufacturer against multiple claims of wrongful death and serious injury.
  • Acting as trial counsel and obtaining a defense jury verdict for a well-known petrochemical company against multiple claims of serious injury arising from alleged toxic exposure.
  • Orchestrating a multimillion-dollar directed verdict for the US subsidiary of a major multinational corporation in a complex business dispute involving claims of breach of contract and fraud.
  • Obtaining summary judgment for computer motherboard designers against several patent infringement claims for technology essential to their business.
  • Obtaining summary judgment for a supplier of airbag components in an action involving claims of serious brain injury and wrongful death.
  • Securing an appellate court mandate vacating an order of a trial court that had denied a motion to dismiss a Japan-based company for lack of personal jurisdiction although its only contact with the forum was its US subsidiary.
  • Obtaining an appellate court mandate vacating an order of a trial court that had denied a motion to dismiss a US manufacturer for being named after the statute of limitations although the plaintiffs tried to substitute it for a “Doe” defendant.
  • Employing ADR procedures to successfully negotiate and resolve numerous disputes relating to trademark and technology licenses.
  • Securing orders and Special Examiner appointment to compel production of documents and take testimony in the United States in aid of legal proceedings pending in the People’s Republic of China.
  • Representing entertainment industry players including a major graphic novel publisher, an international animation company, a world champion boxer, a major recording artist, one of Hollywood’s top actors, and the licensing and merchandising company of one of the world’s most famous comedy teams.

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Los Angeles
T +1 213 689 5166
O +1 212 872 9864

New York
T+1 212 872 9800

Education

Cornell University, J.D., senior note editor, Cornell Law Review, 1996
University of Colorado, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993

Admissions

California, 2002
New York, 2012
U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. of California
U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Colorado
U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of California
U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of California
U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of California
U.S. Supreme Court

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